Based on real events, La Haine focuses on three friends over the course of one day in the housing projects of suburban Paris, in the aftermath of a riot. With tension in the air and the police on constant surveillance, it’s not long before prejudice and hostility turn into violence, with tragic consequences. Mathieu Kassovitz’s bold and inventive film, beautifully shot by Pierre Aïm, may be 25 years old, but its themes of social and economic divide, and urban discontent, feel just as relevant now.
If you enjoyed Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables, this French classic is the perfect accompaniment.
French with English subtitles